G. Scott Morris was one of five alumni of the Yale Divinity School, YDS, given Awards for Distinction at the Fall Convocation on October 9. Honored this year were Talitha Arnold '80, Earl Harrison '59, Stanley Hauerwas '65, Dr. Morris '80, and George Todd '51. Kenneth W. Clapp, president of the YDS Alumnal Board, introduced the award recipients, and YDS Dean Richard J. Wood made the presentations.
Dr. Morris, founding director of the Church Health Center in Memphis, Tennessee, was honored for "Distinction in Community Service." His church-based clinic provides holistic medical care to those who have fallen through society's safety net. After completing his M.Div. at Yale, Dr. Morris earned an M.D. from Emory University Medical School in 1983. Over the years, he has recruited hundreds of physicians, dentists, and other medical professionals to volunteer at the clinic. He is author of articles on ethics and the church's role in health care, and editor of "Hope and Healing: Words from the Clergy of a Southern City." Dr. Morris has received many honors, including the Thomas W. Briggs Foundation Community Service Award, the Memphis Civitan's Clergy of the Year Award, the Daughters of the American Revolution Medal of Honor, and the Memphis Rotary Club Community Service Award. He was listed as one of the 10 Outstanding Young Americans of 1994 by the National Junior Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Morris preached at the YDS Convocation worship service on October 9.
Yale Divinity School was established in 1822, though ministers have been trained by Yale since the founding of Yale College in 1701. Today, YDS instructs students of all the major Christian church bodies. Its mission states that it seeks to create "a communal environment which combines rigorous scholarly inquiry, public worship and spiritual nurture." It offers three degrees, a Master of Divinity, M.Div., formerly known as a Bachelor of Divinity, B.D.; a Master of Arts in Religion, M.A.R.; and a Master of Sacred Theology, S.T.M.. The faculty and students work in close conjunction with the Department of Religious Studies of the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.